Who Is the Planner?

Each day after breakfast, my husband and I try to start our day together by reading Scripture and a page from one of our favorite devotional books.  We pull out our prayer list from between the pages; children, grandchildren, extended family, church family, community group families, friends with current challenges, neighbors…

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Living Grateful

In our Pilgrimage Fueled by Hope devotional series, we regularly asked the question, “What’s my default mode or auto response when life comes crashing down?” We have considered the importance of putting systems in place “when the sun is shining”…

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Unstoppable Assurance

Faith isn’t just some baseless, pie in the sky, flimsy wish we cling to. It is the foundation of the Christian life, set in place by God and held there by his power. Faith is a sure, steady, immovable surety that what God says in his Word he has or will accomplish…

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Unnecessary Apprehension

In that big, old house I struggle with, there is a full walk up attic and everyone I tell tends to think that is the best thing in the world. That attic is where we keep things. It holds a full twenty-seven years of accumulation; old toys, old clothes, old books, old empty boxes, old printers, old papers. Well, you get the idea…

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Unimaginable Legacy

Our earthly experiences are bound to disappoint us. They just don’t have the quality of the ones we are waiting for. Things tied to earth perish. Even the best of what we enjoy here can be easily defiled. Worldly possessions bring fading happiness because our satisfaction with them is…

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Unrestrained Rejoicing

When we bless God, we celebrate everything he is and all he's done for us, because he is deserving of endless recognition. Gratitude is at the heart of true worship. We acknowledge his attributes as revealed in Scripture, proclaiming them to one another and the world. We tell of his wonderful acts….

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Unwavering Obedience

My obedience doesn't earn my salvation, but it does prove it. Obedience is the physical evidence of the spiritual transformation that has taken place as God attaches Christ's righteousness to me as if it was my own. In fact, it is impossible for me to be genuinely obedient at all, apart from the finished work of Jesus Christ.

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Uncharitable Attention

Sanctification is the process by which God grows us to be more like Christ. He directs and guides us by the Holy Spirit, through his Word; intending to rub off our rough edges and sinful ways. It’s not always pleasant. In fact, it can be pretty painful, and we don’t always want to deal with our own shortcomings. So, to protect ourselves…

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Unfathomable Understanding

God’s knowledge is all-encompassing. He fully comprehends every minute of the past, present and future, always. In his infinite wisdom and perfect knowledge, God personally selects us to be his children. He chooses us - knowing us inside and out - our struggles, our secrets, our overwhelming doubts and fears.

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Undeniable Exile

From the first moment of Creation it was clear that God made Adam and Eve for eternity. He fashioned them after his own immortal image, created a completely perfect home for them, and provided the Tree of Life to nourish the seed of eternity he planted in them. Then sin changed things…

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Undeserved Election

Why are we so bothered by the word elect, when we spend so much of our actual lives waiting to be elected? We wait to be picked for a team in grade school. We wait for an invitation to the prom. We sit through interview after interview before we get a job and feel incomplete…

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In The Ring

My husband sometimes watches college wrestling on TV. He enjoys it. He understands it. He wrestled in high school and college. I rarely watch with him. I don’t understand it and I don’t enjoy it. That’s sometimes how I feel about life. It’s like a wrestling match or a fight. There are so many “hards” swirling around me. I don’t enjoy it…

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